Thursday, July 25, 2013

Welcome, Prince George!

A brooch from the Tower of London.

In honor of William and Kate’s new baby boy, Prince George Alexander Louis, I’m going to wear my brooch that is modeled after the Imperial State Crown that will be placed on his head one day at his coronation as the King of England!

Going through a dresser drawer, I came across a brooch I bought during a 1990 trip to London. I had forgotten all about it! I purchased it from the Tower of London, one of my favorite sites during that visit, obsessed as I was at the time with the history of the British Monarchy in the 14th-17th centuries.

I love all the history of the Tower of London.

The Imperial State Crown of the British Monarchy.

My brooch is modeled after the Imperial State Crown, which was commissioned for the coronation of King George VI on May 12, 1937. It was created by Garrard & Co. and is based on a crown designed for Queen Victoria in 1838. It includes the diamond known as Cullinan II, or the “Second Star of Africa,” which is 317.4 carats and is the second largest stone cut from the Great Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond ever discovered.

The crown also includes the Black Prince’s Ruby (which is actually a spinel), a stone thought to be given to Edward, Prince of Wales (1330-1376, son of Edward III, and known as the Black Prince), by Don Pedro, King of Castile, in 1367.

My pin must be modeled after one of the fleurs-de-lis on either side of the Black Prince’s Ruby in the center!

Elizabeth II wearing the Imperial State Crown at her coronation, June 2, 1953.

The happy family!

Did you have a prediction as to the gender and birthdate of the Royal Baby? I had guessed a girl to be born on July 26. I was way off base! How did you fare?

Congratulations to William and Kate on the birth of their son!

Facts and photos of the crown from the Royal Collection Trust.


Marla Robinson said...

wonderful pics!

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty brooch! I like it a lot. How big is it?
Makes me smile, that you buy things and stick them away, only to find them years later...sounds familiar! :-)

Your pictures are nice, as is the little history course :-)

Have a lovely weekend! xo :-)

silvergirl said...

Hi Jill
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I am a huge anglophile!
I didn't guess the baby's gender, but I did guess the name would be George.
What a great broach and now you are making me want to go back to London!!

Piece du jour said...

Very beautiful brooch!

I was wrong, I predicted baby girl named Alexandra or Anna.

Cloud of Secrets said...

Hi, Jill! I wasn't betting on any baby facts -- I just wanted to *see* him/her, and see William and Kate's pride and excitement!

I love your crown brooch, and the Tower of London piece is adorable. I would totally frame that in a little shadowbox frame and hang it as miniature art.

Tamera Beardsley said...

Love this post... the crown is amazing.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I actually woke up this morning realizing I needed to pick a casual party outfit to wear tonight... so I could have a picture to join you and Adrienne's How I Wear My event... and of course I have no problem with you using the maxi picture of Adrienne and I :)

I hope some day to have the pleasure of meeting you in person my dear!

Anonymous said...

Perfect souvenir! I loved the Tower of London too...amazing, rich history.

I am going to pass on the next HIWM event. The only "party" outfit I can think of having is my vintage cocktail dress that I wore to my daughter's wedding...and haven't worn since. I am pretty boring when it comes to clothes. : )

Val Sparkle said...

I was hoping it was a girl since they changed the rules of succession. Now it's just the same old thing! But they all look so happy and almost normal!

I love the brooches - what a good excuse to wear them.